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Yellow Spinach Seedlings

Spinach    Massachusetts

About half of my spinach seedlings in a "raised bed" (euphemism for Rubbermaid bin with holes in it) are getting yellow. I read that compost tea might help since this is probably a nutrient deficiency. Can anyone weigh in on this? Does it make sense for it to be a nutrient deficiency since it only affects half and they are all in the same dirt?

Thank you!


Posted by: BethR (2 points) BethR
Posted: May 25, 2014


Stephan Ambrosch commented,
Spinach does not like "wet feet" ... when growing them in tubs it's helpful to add some horticultural pearlite to the soil mix as well as to the bottom of the tub to ensure that the roots do not get waterlogged.
over 6 years ago.



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Overwatering is a very common cause of yellowing leaves, as the plant is robbed of oxygen. Your tub may not be draining as well as you anticipate. I would check your soil moisture first on that side of the tub. If it is most than a little moist a few inches down, that is your culprit.

If you purchased new soil for the tubs, it is probably not nutrient deficiency, although that is a possibility. So are some plant diseases. If the soil is not -- and has not -- been overly wet, please post a picture of the leaves in focus, which will aid in further diagnosis.


Posted by: Nicole Castle Brookus (21 points) Nicole Castle Brookus
Posted: May 25, 2014


BethR commented,
Thank you, Nicole! I suspect it is moisture because of which half is yellowing. I will drill some more holes and see what happens.
over 6 years ago.



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